This was the first year Da Vinci started a Cross Country team. We were able to compete in two meets with EPISD in middle school and three meets with high school. We have competed with 5A and 6A schools from around the El Paso area. Enduring morning and after school practices, these athletes did an amazing job competing with the bigger schools from the local area. The middle schools first cross-country meet took place on September 12 at Franklin High School. The cross-country athletes ran against public schools like Brown, Hornedo, Richardson, Charles, and Henderson for the first time. Idaly Garcia (7th) placed 8th out of 40 runners, receiving a medal. Theoren Markusson (8th) placed 12th, Marco Nevarez (8th) placed 13th, and Carlos Reza (8th) placed 15th out of 36 runners. Their second meet was held on September 19 at Henderson Middle School. Idaly Garcia placed 10th, Theoren Markusson placed 4th, Carlos Reza placed 6th, and Tomas Soto placed 11th. High schools competed in their first meet on September 15, 2018 at Veterans Park. They competed against 24 other schools, some of them were, Cathedral, Andress, Bowie, Bel Air, Burges, Pebble Hills, and Eastwood. They had a hard start but being their first meet and first time ever doing cross country, they did a great job. The team consisted of one senior, Sammy Tercero, one junior, Cesar Becerra, one sophomore, Joshua Munzo and one freshman, Mia Maldonado. Being such a small team, I’m proud of these athletes as where they gave it their all in the meets and never gave up. Da Vinci looks forward to expanding Cross Country for the upcoming years. It’s a great opportunity to see all the schools competing and a great sport.